Excerpted from the Diary: [Master Sun] was explaining that behind the Tai Chi is an attitude, and philosophy – to have a true heart, honesty, and perseverance/dedication, and these can guide your life and help to resist attack / pressure. It made so much sense to me.
[Photo to left]: Master Sun used a glass to demonstrate how to resist attack, be it physical or emotional -- as the finger pushes against the glass, the glass is deflected to the side rather than being knocked over.
...from the Diary (continued): I then realized that my problem isn't resisting attacks – I am, in a sense, the attacker. My dream is to convince my fellow Orientation and Mobility Specialists to address some of the street-crossing issues. So with my able interpreter (I can't thank Stephan enough – it is his skills and willingness that enable me to have these rich, unforgettable experiences!) I asked whether Tai Chi has anything to offer to help people make an impact.
And wow – yes! He thought about it carefully, then demonstrated with Stephan the kind of thinking / attitude that should be developed – he put the back of his hand against Stephan's hand, and pushed but then gave way as Stephan pushed, so they ended up kind of dancing together – "cooperation." He said we should understand the other people and work WITH them, in cooperation and understanding to make an impact. Wow, makes sense, huh?
[Photo to left]: Master Sun and Stephan push against each other in a "dance," demonstrating how opponents can work together in cooperation and understanding.